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One of the great themes which are examined and
gradually developed in the Bible—the ancient Hebrews
beginning to learn their lesson in quite a small way, and
then trying their feet out in slightly deeper water, until
finally they came to be submerged by the magnificence
of the whole subject—is the question of the nature of
Love, If one takes a survey of the subject throughout
the ^Scriptures as a whole, it is as though a person were
trying out some musical instrument—a great organ,
shall we say—and moving the hands very timidly over
the keyboard at first, and then experimenting a little
more boldly with this new stop and that, gradually
discovering deeper and more mighty things about the
instrument, until the whole range of it is revealed, and
the organ becomes a vast universe of sound with all the
richness of an orchestra. Even in Old Testament days,
when sometimes we must feel that the story has so much
of battle and thunder, a note of unforgettable gentleness
will appear on occasion, and we can hardly fail to be
moved, by the music of some tender remark about
God's love for His people. In the prophetic period
itself, when God's judgment came so terribly upon the
land of Israel, and the country was overrun by the
enemy, and Jerusalem itself was razed to the ground—
even in that tragic epoch the ancient Jews seemed to
become more conscious than before that God was
tugging at their heart-strings: " Yea, I have loved